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Concern Over Raging Insecurity In Nigeria

Posted: May 15, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By  Our Reporters

Buhari At the peak of 2015 presidential electioneering campaign, Muhammadu Buhari, then All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, vowed to address the issue of insecurity in Nigeria. At that time the North east region of the country was being ravaged by the atrocities of the dreaded Boko Haram group and the then administration, under Goodluck Jonathan seemed to lack ideas on how to curtail the menace of this group.

Though with the election of Buhari as the President of the nation, the government appears to have made some modest achievements in fighting the scourge of Boko Haram, yet, the emergence of deadly activities of Fulani herdsmen, kidnapping and Niger-Delta militants  may  wipe off the success recorded  by the government in controlling insurgency in the country. Indeed not a few Nigerians are worried and want the government to rise up to its responsibility in combating the growing cases of insecurity before it gets out of control. The thinking is that unless the federal government moves swiftlyt to put these groups under control, the havoc wrecked on the country by members of Boko Haram insurgency would be little compared to what the country stands to suffer very soon.

Last Thursday, the Niger-Delta Avenger, a new militant group which has been destroying oil installations in the Niger-Delta area, threatened to destroy some oil installations in the country. The group gave two weeks ultimatum to such companies to quit the area or suffer destruction. Such oil companies they claimed are owned by Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, former chief of Army Staff among others.   In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mudock Agbinibo, the group also warned oil giant, Chevron Nigeria Limited, not to embark on the repair of the valve blown some days ago, or several casualties would be recorded during any confrontation.

‘’To owners and operators of these oil blocs in our region, the Niger Delta Avengers is giving you two weeks ultimatum to shut down your operations and evacuate your staff.

‘’If at the end of the ultimatum, you are still operating, we will blow up all the locations. It will be bloody. So just shut down your operations and leave’’, the group warned.

Apart from the recent activities of the newly emerged Niger-Delta Avengers who have been destroying oil installations, cases of kidnapping for ransom in the country have assumed a fearful dimension. For instance, in Kogi State, Lilly Yunpin, a Chinese woman who was on a trip  to negotiate for cashew nut, which the state is known to be the largest producer in the country, was kidnapped until a ransom was paid before her release. Igwe Robert Eze, traditional ruler of Ukpo in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, who is the younger brother of the billionaire oil magnate and businessman, Prince Arthur Eze was kidnapped sometimes ago. Others who were victims of kidnapping in the country include;  The popular transport mogul, Chief Godwin Ubaka Okeke, Chairman, G.U.O Transport Company; former Commissioner for Higher Education in Delta State, Prof. Hope Eghagha;  Prof. (Mrs.) Kaneme Okonjo, mother of former Finance Minister and Co-coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala;  Pa Arthur Okowa, father of the current governor of Delta State,  Chief Mike Ozekhome; Chief Dan Odiete, an estate valuer and CEO of Dan Odiete and Co; an uncle of former governor Timipre Sylva, Chief Benson Eseni-Adigo; Miss Nkiru Sylvanus, an aide to Governor Rochas Okorocha; Princess Toyin Omosowon, the Regent of Akungba Akoko, Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Also, Prof. Olukoga Olusanya; Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Tai Solarin University of Education, Bishop Ignatius Kattey, Archbishop of Diocese of Niger Delta North (Anglican Communion) and Beatrice his wife were  kidnapped sometimes ago. The list also include, Okey Wali, former President of Nigerian Bar Association, Pa Michael Obi, father of Chelsea Football Club of England midfielder, Mikel Obi; Super Eagles player, Christian Obodo; Chancellor of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Professor Cyprian Onyeji; Professor James Adichie, the father of award winning writer, Chimamanda Adichie; former Enugu State Head of Service, Nze Dennis Eze.  The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) was kidnapped last year by a group suspected to be Fulani herdsmen until a ransom was paid before he could regain his freedom.

During the last attack on Agatu community in Benue State by Fulani herdsmen, unconfirmed report put the number of people killed by the ravaging herdsmen at 300. In Dekina local government of Kogi State, more than 50 people were killed when the herdsmen attacked some communities. The people of Nimbo community in Enugu State would not forget April 25 this year in a hurry. It was the day the sleepy community was attacked by the Fulani herdsmen and over 50 persons were killed with houses and other properties destroyed. Nigerians are worried that the security agents have not been able to arrest and prosecute any person several months after the Agatu killing and other communities that were attacked by the ‘sacred’ Fulani herdsmen.

Though President Buhari has directed security agents to deal with those Fulani herdsmen perpetuating violence across the country, many people are skeptical of the sincerity of the government, judging by the manner it kept quiet over the matter for a long time.

Only last Monday, three policemen were killed by suspected militants in Rivers state. The police officers who were on their way to Port Harcourt were overpowered by the militants that laid ambush against the officers at Okobe in Ahoada. Several groups including the Afenifere have urged the federal government to tackle the menace of herdsmen the same way it is handling the Boko Haram insurgency. Only recently a research conducted by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) described Fulani herdsmen as one of the leading terrorism in the world.

Apart from economic down turn in the country, insecurity appears to be the major threat to the administration of President Buhari. Analysts believe that unless urgent drastic measure is taking to address the matter, the desire of the administration to provide dividends of democracy to Nigerians, as promised may be derailed by the general insecurity in the country.